Could Niagara follow Grand River Transit's tiretracks?
It's a model the CEO of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce says we can & should learn from---Grand River Transit.
The regional bus line serving Kitchener-Waterloo & Cambridge is an amalgam of 3 old transit systems. In Niagara, Port Colborne mayor Vance Badawey is pushing a single bus system to serve this region. He wants a plan in place by spring.
Eric Gillespie, a Niagara ex-pat, now Director of Transit Service for Waterloo calls Grand River Transit a success. The number of rides on the service has more than doubled in the last decade to 20-million/year.
But the road there wasn't entirely smooth. Gillespie admits there was controversy & community protectionism at play when consolidation talks started. He says it took a change of thinking, political leadership & perseverance to get to where the service is now.
Gillespie says Grand River Transit's is a collaborative framework that can handle disagreement & allows groups to come together to address their collective concern.
Chamber CEO on-board with 1 Niagara transit system
Port Colborne mayor pushing for single bus service